Dr. Keith Weingardt, DVM, CVA grew up in a suburb of New York City. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Cornell University, Dr. Weingardt attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated with distinction in 1999. Needing a break from the cold rain and snow Dr. Weingardt moved to San Diego, California.
After moving to San Diego, Dr. Weingardt completed an internship in Emergency and Critical Care with rotations in surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology and exotic animal medicine. After his internship he continued to work as an emergency and critical care veterinarian. During this time, Dr. Weingardt had a very powerful realization. Conventional western veterinary medicine had significant limitations in influencing his patient’s care. There were many times where western diagnostics and treatment had provided all the benefits that they could. In addition, the drugs and treatments utilized often had limiting side effects. This point was driven home when Dr. Weingardt’s dog Max fell ill with a brain tumor. Max was on high doses of steroids and was developing severe complications (gastrointestinal bleeding). At this time Dr. Weingardt began to look for other options.
Max saw a holistic veterinarian who counseled Dr. Weingardt regarding diet and nutritional supplementation, in addition to homeopathy. After switching to a raw food diet, Max began eating without hesitation, his GI side effects subsided and his dose of steroids was minimized. Max lived another six months and left Dr. Weingardt with a legacy that would influence the rest of his life. This experience would begin a passionate quest for knowledge to benefit his patients. This dramatic shift in mindset allowed for Dr. Weingardt to better understand how to holistically help his patients achieve optimal health.
Dr. Weingardt began studying acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and received his acupuncture certification with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2003. Dr. Weingardt ravenously began to learn multiple holistic modalities and incorporate them into the care of his patients. He has studied and become certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, chiropractic care, herbal medicine, homotoxicology and homeopathy. In 2005 he and his wife Beth started the Animal Healing Center. This was a dream come true for Dr. Weingardt. He was able to practice veterinary medicine from the heart in a quiet, nurturing environment where compassion and empathy were the foundations to the care provided. Over the next seven years Dr. Weingardt was able to share in an amazing and rewarding journey with many patients and clients.
In 2013, Dr. Weingardt relocated to Portland, Oregon with his wife Beth, daughter Abigail and several four legged children. After taking a huge Northwest breath, Dr. Weingardt is happy to be back helping dogs, cats and their people. Dr. Weingardt and Beth have started Animal Healing Arts of Portland. They are proud to be providing holistic veterinary care including acupuncture, herbal medicine (Chinese/Western), nutrition counseling, Reiki and homeopathy, at their home-like clinic at 3575 NE Broadway St.